The Big Show Stopper by Ken DaltonFebruary 7, 2011 1 Comment
This book of wild characters starts off a little slow and I was getting concerned, what did I agree to read lol Had it been a book that I just picked up I might have put it down but it wasn’t and I’m glad that I didn’t. By the end of the book you’ve got all of these great new “friends” that Ken Dalton did a great job of letting you get to know as he put a lot of time and words into building his cast of crazy characters to where we really knew them.
It’s phrasing is very “old” Vegas with words like “broad” used a lot. You get taken on such a roller coaster ride with a murder plot full of people who had a reason to take out country superstar Brady Blackstone.
This is book 2 in the Pinky and the Bear series but I can 100% say this book stands on its own as I didn’t read the first book and this one made perfect sense and I never felt the need to go back to get the first one, although I may go back and read it now.
It is heavy on the humor and character’s personalities and banter and light on the violence or gore of some murder mysteries which is a great thing for most of my friends that like murder mysteries!
I would give this book a 3 out of 5 rating.
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Ken Dalton’s Bio:
Ken Dalton was born in 1938. In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus found Ken. At the end of World War II, Ken’s family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming for a year where he learned how to live through snow blizzards, avoid walking through the large pile of coal in the basement, and how to survive life as an Army Officer’s brat on a base called Fort Warren.
By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces, Ken’s luck changed dramatically when he met the girl of his dreams at a party. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.
In 1966, Ken, who worked as a technician for Pacific Bell, and his family left Southern California for the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home in Sebastopol surrounded with apple trees. A few years later, Ken and Arlene built a new home on three and a half acres. They raised cows, pigs, and learned how to build outstanding fences. While their children grew, they hosted two exchange students, Eva Reimers from Sweden, and Tanja Wuttke from Germany, both of whom are still loved members of the Dalton clan. Also during those years, Ken was promoted to management at Pacific Bell. He eventually ended up responsible for all the central offices, sixty-three, in an area that covered five counties.
In 1977, Ken, Arlene, Bob Wiltermood, and his wife Norma, designed, built, and operated a 2000 case winery named Pommeraie Vineyards. They produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. However, after Bob died, the winery was sold. Ken and Arlene moved to a hilltop in Healdsburg.
With the winery gone, and time on their hands, Ken and Arlene started to perform with the Camp Rose Players. Twenty years and forty productions later, both are still acting and singing.
Life was good. All Ken had to do was learn some lines and bow when the audience applauded.
Then, ten years ago, in a moment of madness, Ken started to write. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated in August 1996. More golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens.
After a two-year stint on the County Grand Jury, Ken felt the need to begin his first novel.
Now, after a decade of struggle to learn the craft of writing, Ken has become the publishing world’s latest overnight sensation.
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